By Matthew M. Peek, Military Collection Archivist, State Archives of North Carolina

World War II officially ended on September 2, 1945, when the Japanese government accepted the terms of the Potsdam Declaration and an unconditionally surrender to the Allied Powers. Many United States service individuals would be discharged between August 1945 and March 1946, as the need for the large-scale wartime numbers of service individuals declined. Some were retained for occupation duties in Europe, in Japan, in China, and in various Pacific Theater islands.

However, a great many would still be in service in places like Korea and Germany through the summer of 1946. A lot of the dates when people were discharged depends on the length of their service enlistment or draft requirements, overseas service time, and date when they entered service. Many of those that remained on active duty through mid to late 1946 were those that enlisted or were drafted in late 1944 or 1945. …

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Military Collection Archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina

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